A round up of the latest transfer stories and rumours about Everton.
Roberto Martinez has suggested Everton would be wasting their time by trying to sign Romelu Lukaku on a permanent basis. Martinez responded to be asked about a possible permanent deal for the Belgian forward.
“I know Chelsea are not contemplating listening to any offers and Romelu is highly regarded there. It's not in the agreement [to discuss a January transfer]. The agreement we have with Chelsea is that we will wait until the end of the season and as parent club they need to be the ones that give us the hint if it's possible or not,” he’s quoted by Sky Sports.
Everton are close to completing a loan deal for AS Monaco striker Lacina Traore. Roberto Martinez confirmed last night that the forward would link up with the Toffees after moving to Monaco from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
“Lacina is a player who I really like and is someone who would fit in really well in the role we want the player to come in. There are a couple of hurdles that we need to get over. The work permit is something we need to look into. If we can get through that he will be a player we will be very keen to add to the squad,” said Martinez.
Everton’s arch enemies Liverpool turned down the chance to sign Seamus Coleman according to the Mirror. Former Liverpool player John Aldridge has criticised former manager Rafa Benitez for not signing the full back, who has been one of Everton’s best players this season.
“If Rafael Benitez had been a little more open-minded during his final year as Liverpool manager, Seamus Coleman could be wearing a red shirt at Anfield last night and not a blue Everton jersey,” he said.
Everton have been linked with a move for Lazio midfielder Ogneyi Onazi. Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that the player won’t be allowed to leave the Serie A giants for less than €9 million which is reportedly within what Roberto Martinez’ club can afford.
Left-back Leighton Baines is being tipped to sign a new contract with the club before the end of the week. Baines has been a long term target for Premier League champions Manchester United but the new deal could tie him down to Goodison Park for the rest of his career.
However, a Manchester United blog has run a report on how Moyes is no longer focusing on Baines but on right-back Coleman. The piece suggests that Moyes could be interested in making a £15 million offer for Coleman as he looks to sure up the right-back slot at Old Trafford.
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